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Posted on: September 21, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Illegal Firearm Arrest



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Illegal Firearm Arrest
Station Area:Hemet
Written Date:September 17, 2021Time:N/A
Incident Date:September 14, 2021Time:7:15 PM
Incident Location:500 Block of West Florida Avenue, Hemet
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Ian Baily- Region 3 Gang Task Force
File Number(s):2021-02110

Ivan Torres


On Tuesday September 14, 2021, at approximately 7:15 PM Gang Task Force Officers were patrolling the area of 500 West Florida Avenue, when they conducted a vehicle check on a Dodge Charger for multiple vehicle code violations. Task Force Officers contacted the driver, Ivan Torres. An inventory search of the vehicle was conducted and a 9mm Handgun, with an altered serial number was found. Torres is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm. Torres was arrested on multiple weapons charges and later transported to Riverside County Jail.

The Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force has been in existence since April 2006. The Law Enforcement Agencies within “The Valley” have been working together since this time on a daily basis.  The Hemet/San Jacinto Gang Task Force is comprised of members from the Hemet Police Department, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, and the California Highway Patrol. The Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force operates in the Cities of Hemet, San Jacinto, and the unincorporated areas of Hemet. The law enforcement leadership within the valley meets regularly and coordinates the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force activities. Since the formation of the task force, leadership has recognized the importance of working together to provide the highest level of service for the citizens within the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley.

The Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force is one of five teams comprising the entire Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force, which is a collaborative effort of various law enforcement agencies with the goal of combating criminal street gangs.

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